People shrieking and blood flying everywhere. Your family or friends dead or dying all around you. It’s virtually impossible for most of us to truly understand the horror experienced by the victims of this act of terror. Our prayers and hearts go out to each and every person and family affected by this cowardly act.
Our safety is our own responsibility. It is not the responsibility of the police or any other government agency. It is my responsibility to defend myself, and more importantly, my loved ones. It is your responsibility to do the same. Even the Supreme Court has ruled that police have not Constitutional duty to protect you. And this case involved a woman who had obtained a protective order. Don’t believe me? Here’s the link:
We must be honest. Society has changed on this point, and not for the better. The vast majority of us will choose to not get involved. We are too busy, or fearful of being hurt ourselves, or any number of excuses we give ourselves. We must start taking responsibility for our own safety back.
What are the practical things we can do to survive or at least give ourselves the best chance possible to survive such a horrible incident? Or any dangerous situation?
First, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to survive a life or death situation is to not be there. We can’t always tell when a bad situation will develop, but we often can avoid situations. For instance, do you really need to go to the corner convenience store for that milk (or beer, or whatever) at 1:00 AM? Should those parents at Disney World have allowed their toddler to be splashing in water, in Florida? After DARK?
As a parent myself, my deepest condolences go out to those poor parents. But, we must always learn from our mistakes. If you see trouble approaching or developing, get out of there. If you can avoid a bad situation (corner store at 1 AM) don’t go there. Very, very few things are worth your life or the lives of your loved ones.
Now, we can’t always prevent such a situation. One of the things we must all train ourselves into, until it becomes a habit, is to always, anywhere we are, identify the nearest exits. If you are going to be in a very crowded place, try to stay close to an exit, and preferably, not the main exit. People will typically only remember the entrance / exit where they entered and will head there in the event of an emergency. This means that most people will try and get out this way, leading to a huge bottleneck. Bottlenecks are killing fields for criminals. Look for alternate exits and remember where they are. Next, we need to change what we, as a society, have been trained to do. We have all been trained to get down when shooting starts. But, in a case like a dark, crowded nightclub, this actually made things worse. Imagine trying to get out in the dark while tripping over people or bodies on the floor, maybe with lots of blood everywhere. Everyone getting down in this case actually made it difficult for people to get out of there. We must train ourselves to stay on our feet. Going to the floor may be what we were taught in elementary school, but it is not self-defense. Others ran to the bathroom. Running to a place where there is no exit is not self-defense. Those poor people just trapped themselves there. This is something we must train and engrain in our selves. Most places such as restaurants, stores, etc. have a rear exit. We should always pay attention to exits and be prepared to use one that will not become jammed with frightened people trying to escape. Do not fixate on using “the one” exit. Look for windows or other ways out.
Next, and this is the hardest part for us as a society, we must get back to the place where most of us, or at least some of us will take action. We must learn to overcome our fear and rush toward the problem instead of only seeking to get away. Think about the train shooting in Europe in August of last year. Four men, just four, were able to thwart a massacre. Or the passengers on Flight 93 during the 9/11 attacks. A few people willing to take action saved many more. Please let that sink in. What could have been avoided in Orlando if four, five, ten or twelve patrons had rushed the terrorist in Orlando? I won’t honor him by writing his name. We might be talking about a few dead or wounded, as opposed to 49 dead and over 50 wounded. Hundreds of people were present. It would have only taken four, four or more working together to quickly end that nightmare and save scores of people.